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Gripping books to dive into on winter afternoons

Louise
 
Fingersmith
Fingersmith
"Unputdownable, tangible atmosphere and suspense, twists and turns that will make you gasp."
The Historian
The Historian
"Excellent literary mystery story, with the supernatural thrown in. Great stuff."
Royal Blood: King Richard III & the Mystery of the Princes: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
Royal Blood: King Richard III & the Mystery of the Princes: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
"A lawyer examines the case of the Princes in the Tower, great history lesson and intriguing investigation."
Marianne Dreams (Faber Children's Classics)
Marianne Dreams (Faber Children's Classics)
"Not just for children.  Eerie and strange, good story."
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children 1)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children 1)
"Has had mixed reviews but I enjoyed it.  Never read anything like it before."
Dracula
Dracula
"Absolute classic.  Scarier than any film."
Possession: A Romance
Possession: A Romance
"Absorbing literary detective / romance story."
Katherine
Katherine
"Historical fiction at its best, a real page-turner."
Beauty
Beauty
"Original and thoughtful retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast'."
The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer
"I could not believe how this book held me, there are so many layers of mystery and spine-tingling moments."
The Holocaust on Trial: History, Justice and the David Irving Libel Case
The Holocaust on Trial: History, Justice and the David Irving Libel Case
"Excellent and insightful coverage of the Irving trial and intelligent investigation into the issues raised, particularly that of 'proving' History."
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
"Not everyone's cup of tea, but really fascinating, looking at the original dolls house-type replicas of crime scenes to educate forensic science students. Have a go at solving them yourself."
The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics)
The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics)
"Deep and complex medieval literary mystery.  Amazing stuff."
The Moonlit Cage
The Moonlit Cage
"More great historical fiction.  I loved this and couldn't put it down."
The Woman in White
The Woman in White
"It's hard to communicate how great I think this book is.  Just read it."
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle
"Great comic children's book which is a very well-told tale, I've still not grown out of it and doubt I ever will.  Better than the (admittedly good) animated film version of it."
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
"Absorbing true-life murder mystery and the detective who tried to solve it."
Journal Of A Ghosthunter: In Search of the Undead from Ireland to Transylvania
Journal Of A Ghosthunter: In Search of the Undead from Ireland to Transylvania
"Documents ghostly goings-on but worth perusing for the spectacularly atmospheric black and white photographs of the locations featured."
Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman
Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman
"Not a standard novel.  Brings to life twelve months in the life of a medieval peasant woman and her family.  Makes you appreciate gas fires and not having to defecate in an outdoor cess pit."
Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832
Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832
"Detailed and intricate yet accessible biography of four remarkable women."
Countess Dracula: Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess
Countess Dracula: Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess
"Fascinating biography of an intriguing figure, though occasionally graphic in descriptions of torture."
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"How amazing is this book?  Highly original, outstanding plot, just read it."
The Shadow Of The Wind
The Shadow Of The Wind
"An unforgettable beginning leads on to a spell-binding narrative.  I want the cemetery of forgotten books to be real!"
Neverwhere
Neverwhere
"Brilliant tale about the alternative world under London from Gaiman's incomparable imagination."
From Hell
From Hell
"There is a wealth of history, detail and intriguing storytelling in this very thick graphic novel about Jack the Ripper - you won't leave your chair for ages - the footnotes are all worth reading too!"